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2017 WSOP Main Event: Scott Blumstein in massive lead after first day of final table concludes with 7 players

Tags: 2017 WSOP, John Hesp, Scott Blumstein.
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by "T".

Blumstein (left), Hesp (right)The plan for the first day of the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table was play down to 6 players, however, the eliminations took very long and tournament organizers finally called it a day at around 11:00 pm, when only 2 players had been sent packing. The two unfortunate players not to make it through the first day were Ben Lamb (9th for $1,000,000) and Jack Sinclair (8th for $1,200,000).

Things went better for Scott Blumstein (chip leader with over 97 million when the day started) who turned his already big stack into a massive 178 million stack thanks to winning the biggest pot of the day against fan favourite John Hesp, who stared the day second in chips and was the chip leader before losing the massive pot.

Hand #47: Blumstein raised from UTG to 2.2 million. Players folded around to Hesp who called from the big blind. The flop rolled out AClub7Diamond5Heart. Both players checked to the 10Spade turn. Hesp tapped the table and Blumstein bet 3 million. Hesp raised to 7 million and it didn't take long before Blumstein re-raised to 17 million. Hesp stood up from his chair and then moved all in. Blumstein instantly called.

Blumstein: ADiamondASpade
Hesp: AHeart10Heart

Hesp was drawing dead with his two pairs against Blumstein's three aces. A meaningless 3Club completed the board and Blumstein took home the massive 156 million pot, while Hesp had lost the chip lead and was left with 22 million.

"It was nice knowing he was probably drawing dead. In poker, not very often do you get to celebrate when the chips get in the middle. It was nice playing a big pot with aces, and if I was going to play a big pot with John, it was going to be with top set," said Blumstein. "Having a big stack is obviously imperative and I'm just excited I can come back tomorrow and play my game."

The remaining 7 players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Friday at 5:30 p.m local time. All players are now guaranteed at least $1,425,000 each.

Chip counts: 

1. Scott Blumstein (USA) 178,300,000
2. France Benjamin (France) Pollak 77,525,000
3. Bryan Piccioli (USA) 35,750,000
4. John Hesp (UK) 22,475,000
5. Dan Ott (USA) 16,350,00
6. Damian Salas (Argentina) 15,625,000
7. Antoine Saout (France) 14,550,000


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17 comments for "2017 WSOP Main Event: Scott Blumstein in massive lead after first day of final table concludes with 7 players"

 doubletop7777/21/2017 9:32:31 AM GMT
Scott Blumstein as a heck of a chip lead and must be odds on fav to win this thing. But, even though he has a massive lead, it wouldnt surprise me if someone came out of the pack and won it
 Tony_MON7ANA7/21/2017 2:43:25 PM GMT
OMFG! What was John Hesp thinking? Did he put Scott Blumstein on Ace King or Ace Queen on the turn? Top two pair is not the nuts! Blumstein could have slow played a set of aces, sevens, or fives on the flop, setting up a trap.
 Nightkid7/21/2017 5:37:57 PM GMT
It's good to see that there Argentines to win too: P I would like some day to be one of those who appears in a good job some day not very far I hope I hahaha not been talking since I was on vacation hehe but hey jojo Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 Gerimantas7/21/2017 6:30:43 PM GMT
Yes very big amount of chips to the leader now and I think it will be very hard for any other players to catch him, but when top 3 left and even more when only 2 players left things can change because it takes a few allin and some luck and chips can go to other player
 pochui7/21/2017 7:04:55 PM GMT
a nicely played hand from blumstein, kinda opportunistic play from hesp imho, not a big poker pro myself, but i think that to put so many of your chips into a hand where you just have a top pair with top kicker when there is a difference in millions if you finish say 7th or 8th and 3rd or 4th and he had a serious stack before this hand...
 perattin7/21/2017 10:44:27 PM GMT
Our Argentine representative Damian Salas managed to get among the 7 best with a cautious game and without achieving hands premiun, in which in the only strong hand that I link with AQ was convinced to fold it with much reason.-
 Robbo19907/22/2017 12:46:51 AM GMT
Posted by perattin:
Our Argentine representative Damian Salas managed to get among the 7 best with a cautious game and without achieving hands premiun, in which in the only strong hand that I link with AQ was convinced to fold it with much reason.-


runner runner Heart Tongue ....hes saving all his luck for a late push on day3

the blumstien vs hesp hand was a culmination of how hesp has been playing and the back to back losing hands he had. he built an image where if any over card was on the board he would fold his pair even after raising pre flop. so he finally had the bigger pair - which was the last A in the deck and so could of been trying to gain as much as he could from that image he had created
 pajalnick7/22/2017 11:12:53 AM GMT
Scott Bloomstein certainly will probably win this tournament and 2017 WSOP Main Event will be marked as the easiest title win ... initially to be a chip leader with a huge advantage and eventually in the finals to break all
 Robbo19907/22/2017 12:33:31 PM GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
Scott Bloomstein certainly will probably win this tournament and 2017 WSOP Main Event will be marked as the easiest title win ... initially to be a chip leader with a huge advantage and eventually in the finals to break all


Aww crap! nothings easy about beating 8k+ players
 dule-vu7/22/2017 1:50:59 PM GMT
every day we are closer to find who will be new WSOP main event champion!we have massive chip leader,but everything can change in few hands and we still 7 players on table!maybe game will be faster,because probably chip leader will be aggressive!
 pochui7/22/2017 7:30:15 PM GMT
i am just thinking what the hell would i do with such a massive chip lead in this situation, push the limit or try to play it safe and be guaranteed of at least a top 3 finish and some serious cash. sure it's a big difference between 1st and 2nd or 3rd, but if you go to loose you can finish even 7th
 CALICUL7/23/2017 4:39:45 PM GMT
And he remained the leader to the end by winning this tournament.
A great achievement for any player in the world. Worship
 Mober7/23/2017 6:42:21 PM GMT
Indeed professional or not is not easy at all to reach the final table with that many entries.
So who ever reaches that point, for sure deserves it.

The difference between 8th and 9th place in prize money is only 200k USD Smile
That difference only is a fortune for the most of us Smile
 CALICUL7/27/2017 8:13:45 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Indeed professional or not is not easy at all to reach the final table with that many entries.
So who ever reaches that point, for sure deserves it.

The difference between e in prize money is only 200k USD Smile
That difference only is a fortune for the most of us Smile


You are very right the difference in money 8th and 9th place is only 200 k $ but buy in of this tournament he is also very high. With 200k I buy two houses in my country and these houses are good, not bad. It's great to play a Pokerstars satellite to get a tournament and there to win 100 k or more.
A wonderful sensation. Cool
 Tony_MON7ANA7/27/2017 8:27:59 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
. . . With 200k I buy two houses in my country and these houses are good, not bad. . .

Wow! We can't buy a small shack for $200,000 in Osaka!
 Mober7/27/2017 8:34:26 PM GMT
In many countries you can buy a house for that amount of money Smile
Maybe not two of them but one for sure.

For some people attending an event like that is a dream due to the buy ins.
But lost of them are chasing that dream with qualifiers.

Keep trying them. You never know, you may get lucky for a change Smile

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